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from doing so. >> why have we failed so miserably in terms of government's role? >> because there's an extraordinary stigma that's attached to admitting you have a problem. that's whether it's alcohol or drug abuse or whether it's other types of mental illness. there's still such a stigma attached to it, to getting treatment. whether that treatment be conversational, therapy or whether it be prescription medications or a combination of both. that i think even where we offer services as governor, we do offer and pay for a lot of mental health services as a state government, as a federal government. lots of people won't access it because they feel stigmatized by it. part of this national discussion has to be that mental illness is no different than having cancer or having any other disease. no one would ever think i don't want anybody to know i have cancer so i'm not going to go to the doctor. yet, with mental illness, we treat people differently. that's what we immediate to get over as a society. >> now, one of the country's leading experts on public policy and mental health is the
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